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Muret (31), France
Gérard Lartigue seeks Rodin’s truth, the truth which enables beauty to be manifested. To represent the human face and body, one must explore the volumes under the skin, muscle tension and bone structure.
Gérard Lartigue's work alternates between the forces of Eros (eroticism) and Thanatos (death). The artist believes firmly in the ability of forms and material to recreate life. Starting out as a painter, he has been a full-time artist for thirty years.
Lartique’s work is no longer a simple representation, it is now a living artwork. He considers himself to be a citizen of the world and a witness of our era, living in the present moment, free from his past. He spent his childhood and teenage years on another continent, America.
Later, Gérard Lartigue travelled primarily in Europe. Fluent in three languages, he managed to make himself understood almost everywhere he went, primarily using his hands. He explores human nature, going beyond the filters of culture, nation, social positions, profession, etc., and has become a highly skilled portrait artist. Drawing has always been the foundation of his art.
Lartigue works with different materials, from stone to marble, clay, plaster and bronze. He goes beyond figurative presence, exploring the deeper layers that affect time, the intangible, and the connection between matter and spirit.
In 2017, the renowned French writer Michel Houllebecq said, "Your bust of me is impressive. The earthy material has extreme expressive power."
"Artworks created from a vision that looks deep into the human being. From inert matter come expressive, lively faces." Painter and art critic Ksenia Milicevic.
Sculpture workshop, Barcelona Academy of Arts, Barcelona. 2015
Lost wax bronze casting workshop, Rieumes. 2014
Drawing workshop, Croix-Baragnon, Toulouse. 1997-1999
One-year grant for his project on the current image in art - Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA). Young creators, Mexico. 1995
Drawing workshop, Hovedskous Malarskola, Gotebourg, Sweden. 1989
National School of Fine Arts, National University of Mexico, Mexico City. 1985-1989
Les Pionniers de l’Aéropostale, Hotel Le Grand Balcon, Toulouse. 2017
Charlie Hebdo journalists, Fête de l’Humanité, Paris. 2015
Ombres et lumières d’écrivains, Ombres blanches bookstore, Toulouse. 2015
Arteria Exhibition, Monzón, Spain. 2015
Estación Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico. 2012
Gallery of the Scarf, Toulouse. 2011
Cultural area of the nuclear medicine centre, Dijon. 2010
Grand E’terna Gallery, Paris. 2010 and 2009
Instituto de cultura de Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico. 2006
ArtWalk, San Diego, United States. 2006
Espace Bateau-Lavoir, Paris. 1999
Agora Gallery, New York, United States. 1997
Peligro! Gallery, New Orleans, United States. 1996
Southside Gallery, Oxford, United States. 1995
Visus Gallery, Gotenburg, Sweden. 1988